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Nyala

Phacochoerus africanus

Description:

The nyala, or mountain nyala is a beautiful antelope species. Often found on steep and rocky ground which other antelope are not willing to traverse. They also favour thick scrub and woodland to open areas. An elusive natured animal, they were the last large ungulate to be discovered in Africa, to Western science at least.

Habitat:

High altitude woodland and afro-alpine grassland. Found at elevations of over 4,000 metres.

Notes:

In five weeks of staying on a nature reserve in South Africa with a healthy nyala population I saw three and this was the only bull.

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4 Comments

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Beautiful!

AmySutcliffe
AmySutcliffe 9 years ago

I had meant to add that sadly nyala's are classified as endangered on the IUCN Red List with as few as 2,500 individuals remaining.

AmySutcliffe
AmySutcliffe 9 years ago

Thanks! It was great to see him.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Wowww!
Wonderful spotting and photo.

AmySutcliffe
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Emnambithi-Ladysmith Local Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Spotted on Dec 18, 2011
Submitted on Feb 14, 2012

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